Archives for K-12

Educational Institutions Have Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Compliance Obligations

Categories: Higher Education, K-12, and Student Loans.

On April 3, 2019, Jonathan Vogel attended a program at McGuireWoods LLP on the federal government’s newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Cybersecurity and infrastructure security are issues that impact many areas of the public and private sectors, including schools, colleges, and universities. Aside from complying with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) — which protects the privacy of student education records at all schools, colleges, and universities that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education – educational institutions should be mindful that
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President Trump calls on Congress to “Pass School Choice for America’s Children,” and the Nation Seems Ready for Congress to Do So

Categories: K-12.

At his second the State of the Union address, President Trump called on the Congress to enact legislation that will support efforts in the states and at the local level to provide educational options to families for their children: “To help support working parents, the time has come to pass school choice for America’s children.” Polls indicate that Americans do believe that the time has come. “School choice” is the commonly-used term to describe the array of state and local government measures that provide families with alternatives to the traditional, public-school system. It encompasses public school options, such as charter
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New CMS Security Protocols Must be Minimally Intrusive and Avoid Racial Profiling

Categories: K-12.

When Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students return to area high schools on January 3, they will be greeted by new security protocols.  CMS parents and guardians should not only hope that their children are safer now than they were before, they should also expect CMS to implement the new protocols in an effective and minimally intrusive manner that also does not employ racial profiling. In the wake of the shooting of a student that occurred at Butler High School in Matthews on October 29, CMS reviewed its safety protections and, on November 16, announced new measures that include random wanding of students
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New Sexual Harassment Regulations to be Issued by the Education Department will Impact Thousands of School Districts, Colleges, and Universities

Categories: Higher Education and K-12.

The public has until January 28 to submit comments on proposed regulations that were issued by the U.S. Department of Education in November concerning sexual harassment.  Once finalized, the regulations will provide new requirements under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 that impact the way in which school districts, colleges, and universities respond to allegations of sexual harassment. Title IX, which most people know as a law that contributed to the growth of athletic opportunities for girls and women, is more far-reaching than that.  It prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, in all education
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